Are you looking to achieve silkier, smoother skin from unwanted hair? Sometimes, strains or patches of hair can sprout up where you least want or expect it. Shaving and waxing problem areas regularly, however, have proven to be tedious and time consuming. Thanks to the advances in aesthetic technology, there is now a safe and effective solution that can reduce unwanted hair for the long-term. Laser hair removal is an innovative treatment that provides long-lasting hair removal in problem areas, granting a silkier complexion while freeing up time in your busy schedule. We are excited to offer such a cutting-edge treatment here at Spa Black to all our patients in the greater San Antonio area.
What Is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal is a technique that utilizes the latest in aesthetic laser technology to destroy the cells which create hair. One of our specialists uses a device that delivers laser light energy at the hair follicle, damaging or destroying it, and preventing it from producing new hair.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The way laser hair removal works is simple: a laser shines light energy onto unwanted hair and selectively targets the pigment in your hair follicles. The light energy is converted to heat and damages and destroys the hair follicle, preventing new growth in the future.
A single session of laser hair removal therapy, however, may not destroy all hair follicles. Each hair on your body goes through a natural growth cycle where they alternate between resting and active states. There are three stages of hair growth: the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase.
The anagen phase, also known as the active growing phase, is when a hair is attached to the follicle and receives nutrients that promote hair growth. The catagen phase, also known as the transition phase, is when a hair detaches from its blood supply and the cells that produce new hair. The telogen phase, also known as the resting phase, is when a hair sheds and the follicle goes back into the anagen phase to start the growth cycle all over again.
To successfully stunt all future hair growth, laser hair removal is only successful on hairs in the anagen phase. Since each individual hair grows at a different rate, some hairs may be in the anagen phase while others may be in the catagen phase. In other words, hairs that may have been dormant during a previous laser session may be active later on. Complete hair removal, therefore, typically requires more than one session to successfully target each hair during its anagen phase.
How long it takes for the hair to grow back (if at all) depends on your natural follicle cycle. Some people experience no hair regrowth, while others might see minor growth in the first couple of months.
If you’d like to discuss more about the laser hair removal options available to you and how the procedure works, then get in touch with us today at Spa Black in San Antonio. We’d love to show you how you could improve your aesthetic and self-confidence by getting rid of unwanted hair growth.
Our Technology: The Astanza ReSmooth Diode Laser
At Spa Black, your needs, safety, and results come first. To achieve this, we use the latest, most advanced hair removal laser – the Astanza ReSmooth. This revolutionary diode laser is the most reliable technology for hair removal and is unmatched in speed, versatility, efficacy, and comfort.
Safe for All Skin Types
Our ReSmooth laser uses a mixture of unique wavelengths, 810 nm and 940 nm, to efficiently treat a wide range of hair colors. Together, these wavelengths target the deepest hair follicles for faster results. Furthermore, the ReSmooth can safely treat all patient skin types I-VI, even darker skin tones and freshly tanned skin.
Fast Treatments on All Body Parts
Compared to traditional lasers that take up to 15-30 minutes to treat large areas, our ReSmooth’s handpiece features an industry-leading 9.1 cm2 spot size that can treat areas like the back and full legs in as little as 4 minutes. The handpiece also features an interchangeable small tip at 3.0 cm2 to accurately treat smaller areas like the upper lip, armpit, and bikini area. Both the large and small tips are designed to quickly and efficiently treat areas of any size.
Painless Hair Removal
You can now achieve smooth, hair-free skin with absolutely no pain and discomfort thanks to our ReSmooth’s SmoothPulse mode and integrated skin cooling system. Our laser’s unique SmoothPulse mode divides the laser’s energy into multiple pulses compared to other lasers that blast all of their laser’s energy into one extreme, painful pass. Our ReSmooth’s SmoothPulse mode distributes heat evenly for a pain-free, comfortable treatment. Additionally, the ReSmooth’s integrated skin cooling system alleviates the skin immediately prior to each treatment pulse, preventing thermal damage, reducing pain, and increasing patient comfort throughout the laser session.
What Are The Benefits Of Laser Hair Removal?
Laser hair removal offers a wide range of benefits, some of which include:.
It’s Precise and Long-Lasting
Laser hair removal selectively targets hair follicles while leaving the surrounding tissue undamaged. By targeting and destroying hair growth at its root, laser hair removal, therefore, provides a kinder technique on the skin and longer-lasting results than either shaving or waxing.
Laser hair removal hardly takes any time at all. A pulse of laser light destroys most follicles in one burst, allowing your specialist to move onto the next treatment area quickly. Our Astanza ReSmooth laser’s 9.1 cm2 large spot size makes Spa Black treatments the fastest in San Antonio. Compared to other lasers, our ReSmooth can treat large areas like the back, chest, and full legs in as little as 4 minutes. Our laser also features an interchangeable small tip for precise treatment on smaller areas, meaning treatment for the upper lip can take less than a minute. If you’ve spent your entire life waxing your upper lip, you can avoid having to do so ever again with an incredibly short treatment session.
You can usually achieve permanent hair loss after just three to seven sessions, depending on your follicle cycle. Ultimately, results may vary.
Best of all, laser hair removal treatments require no downtime. That means you can come into our spa during your lunch break and head back to work or other daily activities without any delay or setbacks.
What To Expect During Laser Hair Removal Treatment
For maximum benefits, most people choose a course of two to six laser treatments on problem areas where hair grows quickly. Spa Black can perform laser hair removal on all body parts, both big and small, including the following areas:
- Upper lip
- Cheeks and jawline
- Bikini line
Before the treatment begins, you’ll be asked to wear protective eyewear to prevent harm from the laser. You may also receive a numbing agent on the treatment site to make the experience more comfortable, depending on the treated area.
Your specialist will use a hand-held laser to target hair follicles in the skin. When the device is activated, the laser transfers heat through the hair to the follicle under the skin to inhibit further hair growth.
Treating small areas, such as the upper lip, usually takes only a minute or two. Larger regions like the back or legs can take up 30 minutes to an hour depending on how many areas are being treated in one session. Our ReSmooth laser’s industry-leading spot size makes hair removal treatments faster than ever.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Laser Hair Removal?
Many people may qualify for laser hair removal therapy. Here are some ideal candidates for this exciting treatment:
Women With Unwanted Hair On Their Upper Lip Or Face
Unwanted hair on your upper lip, jawline or sideburns can make you feel self-conscious. Many women, therefore, use laser hair removal to eliminate hair in these areas and improve their body confidence.
People Who Want To Shave Or Wax Less Often
Shaving your legs, armpits, and bikini line is a hassle that many people would prefer to do without. If you’d like to avoid this chore and save some time in your beauty routine, then laser hair removal provides you with the ultimate solution.
People Who Have Dark Hair
Laser hair removal works by specifically targeting the chemical in the skin that gives it its color: melanin. If you have dark hair, then the therapy may be highly effective.
People Who Want To Treat A Large Area
Laser hair removal therapy is an excellent solution for those who want to treat a large area of unwanted hair growth, especially on the legs and back.
What Results Can You Expect From Laser Hair Removal?
It’s important to keep in mind that treated hair will not fall out immediately following treatment. The laser breaks down the follicle and gradually halts hair growth over time. No force is applied to the hair to pull it out.
Hair may not fall out after a single treatment. As discussed, the laser may not kill the follicle (only damage it) or it may miss some follicles altogether (the ones not currently producing hair). Most people, however, notice a substantial reduction in the quantity of hair in the treated areas, and after sufficient rounds of therapy, see a drastic reduction in hair growth.
If you want to discuss how laser hair removal can benefit you, get in touch with our world class team today at Spa Black in San Antonio for a consultation. We’ll talk about the various treatment courses available to you and the results you can expect once treatment is complete. We look forward to hearing from you!